Blazing WR talks recruiting

NO PREP ATHLETE has clocked a faster 60 meters time in the nation this year. He has two Pac-12 offers -- are the Beavers close to putting a full ride on the table as well? He'll be in Corvallis this weekend on an unofficial visit, to take in the sights and sounds of all things black and orange.

Seattle's Tatum Taylor and Oregon State have been developing a relationship in recent months.

"The contact has been really good," said Taylor, out of O'Dea High. "They say at this point they want to offer but have never seen me play in person. So they want me to come down there, to meet and talk with me, and then they want me to come to one of their camps.

"They say they'll offer then, if they like what they see," said Taylor.

There's a lot to like about Taylor.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, in February, Taylor clocked a scorching 6.79 in the 60 meters -- and then bettered it with a 6.71 at the Brooks PR Invitational. He's tied with Levonte Whitfield for the fastest 60-m prep time in the nation.

Taylor recently had to take it easy for about three weeks in order to shake off a cold but says he's ready to go after his track time personal bests in the coming weeks. He'll be competing at an event in Oregon this weekend.

He's classified by as a running back but said most schools like the 5-10, 160-pounder at slot receiver. He gained 1,014 yards rushing and stacked up 30 tackles on defense this past season at O'Dea.

Taylor holds offers from Utah and WSU in the Pac-12, plus Purdue, Idaho and Wyoming. Utah is the most recent school to offer and had questions over his height.

"They (wanted) to make sure I was over 5-7. I've actually heard that from three coaches... I don't know how that started. I'm actually 5-10," said Taylor.

He recently took an unofficial to WSU, saying he "loved it". Other schools Taylor said he's been in close contact with include Oregon, UCLA and UW.

ATTEMPTING TO compete, and compete well, in two sports in college is a major challenge. But Taylor might try and give both football and track a try depending on where he ends up. Some other personal bests, in the 100 and 200 meters, are 10.68 and 21.82, respectively.

Taylor said he's in no hurry to make a commitment, pointing towards a possible August/September decision or, if that doesn't feel right, something closer to Signing Day.

TAYLOR HAS BEEN named one of the 2013 Nuggets in Waiting by the Tacoma News Tribune. He was named Metro Mountain Division Offensive co-MVP and first team all-state as a junior.

Taylor's official 2011 statistics from longtime O'Dea head man Monte Kohler: RUSHING: 103 touches for 1,014 yards (9.84 ypc) and 17 TDs; RECEIVING: 6 catches for 78 yards (13.0 ypc) with 1 TD; PUNT RETURNS: 11 for 209 (19.0 avg) with 1 TD; KICKOFF RETURNS: 19 for 396 yards (20.84 avg)

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